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Transportation labor leaders: Safety must be prioritized ahead of presidential inauguration

“As the elected leaders of transportation unions that collectively represent millions of frontline employees, we are calling on every arm of federal, state, and local government to protect American workers and the public, ensure the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and safeguard our democracy during the inauguration. While we stand firmly by the rights of every American to have and to share differing points of view, to peaceably assemble in support of those points of view, and to petition the government in hopes of affecting the direction of our country and its policies, these rights do not allow for violent attacks on our fellow Americans or our democratic institutions by domestic terrorists.

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Transportation labor condemns today’s assault on democracy

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement condemning the breach of the U.S. Capitol building earlier today: “At the urging of President Trump, America’s democracy came under direct attack by a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and threatened the lives of the Vice President, the […]

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Transportation Labor Applauds COVID Economic Relief Package but Warns $45 billion for Transportation Is Not Enough

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding passage of a COVID economic relief package: “We applaud those Democrats and Republicans in Congress who came together in a bipartisan manner to support working families when they needed it the most.

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Transportation Labor Applauds Pete Buttigieg’s Nomination to DOT

Washington, DC — Greg Regan, Secretary-Treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following the nomination of Pete Buttigieg to serve as Secretary of Transportation: “Transportation labor congratulates Pete Buttigieg on his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation. He understands that working people keep America moving, and his desire to support […]

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Transportation labor mourns the loss of TTD president Larry Willis

  Washington, DC — Yesterday, with his wife and daughter by his side, TTD president Larry Willis, 53, succumbed to injuries sustained on November 22 in a tragic biking accident. TTD Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan issues this statement of mourning and remembrance: “We mourn today the shocking loss of a brother and fierce advocate for working […]

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Transportation Labor Leaders call for COVID relief now

Washington, DC – Facing a worsening public health and economic crisis, widespread gender and racial inequality, and an economy that overwhelmingly favors the wealthy, the leaders of 33 transportation unions gathered today to set an aggressive agenda for the new Congress and incoming Biden administration. The meeting of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades […]

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Transportation Labor Congratulates Biden, Harris on Historic Victory

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris:   “The American people have spoken, and they have clearly and decisively chosen unity over divisiveness, leadership over chaos, and working-class values over corporate greed. On behalf of the millions […]

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Rail Fans Hope ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden Can Get NJ-NY Tunnel on Track

As Reported by Keith Laing for Bloomberg
The tunnel, with an estimated cost of more than $11 billion, would carry Amtrak and New Jersey Transit commuter trains under the Hudson River as part of the Gateway Program. Supporters say the project has languished amid feuding between President Donald Trump and Democratic governors in New York and New Jersey — though the administration says it is working to complete an environmental review.

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CDC to passengers and workers: Wear a mask when you are on a plane, train, bus or other public transit

As Reported by Lena H. Sun, Michael Laris and Lori Aratani for The Washington Post
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday strongly recommended in newly issued guidelines that all passengers and workers on planes, trains, buses and other public transportation wear masks to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. The guidance was issued following pressure from the airline industry and amid surging cases of the coronavirus and strong evidence on the effectiveness of masks in curbing transmission, according to CDC officials. The recommendations fall short of what transportation industry leaders and unions had sought, and come long after evidence in favor of mask-wearing was well established.

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White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation

As reported by Sheila Kaplan  for the New York Times: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials.

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